A sharp pain or pulling sensation in the calf muscle usually characterizes a calf muscle tear. Pain is minimal for minor strains but in severe cases, patients experience excruciating pain and weakness. Patients are sometimes unable to bear weight on the affected leg, states PhysioAdvisor.
Victims of a calf muscle tear experience pain during activities such as running, jumping, hopping, standing on tip toe and walking uphill, according to PhysioAdvisor. When they rest after these activities, the patients experience another bout of pain or stiffness. The visible signs on the calf muscle include swelling, tenderness and bruising. In case of a grade three muscle tear, a deformity may appear in the affected place.